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Top 10 Resources for Fashion Bloggers

Ok, I don’t claim to be a fashion blogger – at all… But, I do love fashion. I worked for 10 years in fashion merchandising, management, and visual displays, and loved it. I’m much better at dressing others than I am at dressing myself most days, lol. But – this is another category that I want to get into more this year. Not high fashion craziness – but totally attainable, real-mom fashion. You know – how to still look hot after 4 hours sleep, while chasing a wild toddler. Those type of tips.

Top 10 Resources for Fashion Bloggers

Does the world’s lack of fashion disturb you? {Photo Credit}

So, as I have been gathering some tips, ideas, and tools to help me be more successful in this new area of blogging, I thought I’d share some with you ladies too. These are my current Top 10 Resources to check out, for Fashion Bloggers. Stay tuned for more fashion posts – and let me know what kind of things you’d like to see featured in this category too!

  • 1. Spring Fashionista: This is a crazy-awesome event that you definitely want to join in. I’ve heard about it for a year, and just put off joining, because I wasn’t sure about getting the prize set up. Well, this time I joined early enough to put together something awesome! And… When we put together our monthly traffic stats linky, several bloggers had the host blog as a top 10 traffic referrer for the YEAR, that’s how awesome the traffic is for this event. Join here – Spring Fashionista sign up – and I’d love if you mention that I sent ya!
  • 2. Polyvore: This is such a fantastic tool. You install a little clipping button to your toolbar, similar to the Pinterest Pin it button. Then when you see pieces that you love, you simply “clip” them to your Polyvore account. When you log in to your account, you can use those pieces, plus the million things already clipped there, to create looks. Make collages and images, and easily share them to your blog, or with followers on Polyvore. {See some examples of how I use it here: Fashion Posts. And connect with me there here:  Megsp22 on Polyvore.
  • 3. Promote your posts: If you’re a fashion blogger – or if you post fashion posts even once in awhile – check out this list of 25 Ways to Promote Your Fashion Posts. And even if you’re NOT a fashionista, there are some great ideas in here.
  • 4. ASOS: This is a network I just joined recently – It’s a very cool way to share fashions you love, meet new people and discover cool stuff, and a ton more awesome stuff. Join ASOS Fashion Finder.
  • 5. Great tips: This is a SERIOUS resource, from Pretty Shiny Sparkly. It is massively packed full of tips, ideas, and so much more. Get The Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging.
  • 6. Photography: Just like in Food Blogging – Fashion Blogging brings new photography challenges. This post has some amazing tips – Secrets to Successful Fashion Blogging: Photography. It’s from the same blog as above – love it.
  • 7. Ideas: This is actually a really great list for anyone to use – it’s just a list of new types of posts to write, new ways to look at content, new ideas to consider. Read 31 Post Ideas for Fashion Blogs.
  • 8. New Blog: Want to start a new fashion blog? Or any type of new blog? Then this might help jump start your brainstorming for coming up with an idea… 10 Tips for Naming Your Fashion Blog. Since I’m currently trying to come up with a name for my new business and blogging tips site, this is SUPER helpful!
  • 9: Sex & the City: I love this – She says, “It’s safe to say that if Sex and the City had started 10 years later, Carrie Bradshaw would have been a blogger. New York City’s “It” girl would have tweeted to Miranda, re-pinned Charlotte’s outfit posts, and liked Samantha’s Instagram photos of the hottest parties.” Right? Get 4 Timeless Blogging Lessons from Carrie Bradshaw.
  • 10. Boost your blog: This is another really comprehensive resource – and one that’s an awesome read no matter what type of blog you have! Check out Killer Fashion Blogging: 50 Ways to Take Your Fashion Blog to the Next Level.

What about you – Are you already a fashion blogger? If so, you probably have some great tips and resources to share. I’d love to hear them – leave me some comments! Are you interested in branching out into more fashion blogging in 2013? If so – what are the challenges in your way? I love hearing from you ladies…

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Do You Know the Secret to Winter Style for Busy Moms?

“What a strange power there is in clothing.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer… I’m a big fan of layered looks, and the cold weather of the winter months brings so many perfect accessories and layering options. As busy moms, we might admire the designer fashions in our favorite magazines, but they aren’t usually very realistic for our hectic lives. We need looks that are stylish & sexy – while still being sensible. I do NOT want to get sucked back into the frump mom look that I had after Abby was born and I transitioned to being a work from home mom, {so many sweat pants….} but I also need to be comfy while I alternate between work and chasing a busy toddler. And I want those comfy fashions to WORK – they should be able to mix and match easily, dress up or down, and take me from my office, to play/coffee dates with friends, and out for those rare date nights too. Did I mention that they also need to be affordable? No, I’m not dreaming – there is a whole line of fashions, available at Target, that can do all of this. Check it out…

Winter Fashion - Layer it up with yellow and grey [Read more…]

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Five Wardrobe Essentials Every Modern Man Needs

“If people turn to look at you on the street, you are not well dressed, but either too stiff, too tight, or too fashionable.”
– Beau Brummel… I love this quote, especially when it comes to men’s fashions. For most guys, it’s almost uncool to be too fashionable – guys don’t want their friends making fun of a nice new shirt, a new haircut that’s too perfect, or a new accessory piece. And since most of they men I know let their wives or partners do the majority of their clothes shopping, it’s important to remember that what looks “cute” to us, might be a total deal-breaker for a guy. I used to work in retail as a personal shopper for years, and while men LOVE to get a woman’s opinion on the gear that they buy, trust me – they do NOT want to hear how “cute” the new shirt you bought them is. Ever. So, when you’re in need of affordable style that’s fashionable without being over the top trendy, a great place to start is the Merona line at Target.

Five Wardrobe Essentials Every Modern Man Needs

These are my 5 must-have picks for fall-into-winter for men. Add in a couple of nice pairs of jeans, a few nice tee shirts, and you’ve got the perfect mix-and-match pieces that your mister can use for just about any occasion. Chino pants are a total classic, and can be dressed up with a tailored shirt and a blazer – or swap the blazer for the puffer vest and you have a whole different casual look. Here are a couple of ideas on how to mix up these pieces in new ways…

Men's Fashion Weekend Look

I love this – It’s mostly basic colors, with just a pop of the bright orange to give it more character. I see this as a great weekend outfit, something to wear for a day out with the family to visit the Farmer’s Market or the Pumpkin Patch. I seriously picked up several of these great basics to add to Mike’s fall wardrobe, I just love ’em. To get links to each individual piece in this outfit, check it out on Polyvore. My favorite thing about this look is that every single item is super affordable – they average out to about $20 each. And if you’ve ever worn the Merona collection yourself, you know the quality is incredible for the price.

Rugged Dressy Look for Modern Men

On this one, you can again click through to my Polyvore board to get links and prices to shop each of the Merona pieces in this outfit. This is a great option for the guy who needs to dress up, but doesn’t like to get too “fancy” – You know, like most guys, lol. It pairs the Classic Chino with the Traditional Blazer – but then mixes in a plaid shirt instead of a plain dress shirt, and adds in a few rugged accessory pieces to keep it down to earth.

Merona Fall Fashions at Target

See how the Target Fall Collection is designed to take you through a season of stylish looks at Target.com/Merona.

 Let’s Chat: What are your go-to fashion pieces when shopping for the man in your life? Leave some comments sharing your fave shopping tips….

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.}

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Three Ways to Wear a Blazer for Fall

“I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.” – Gilda Radner… When I was 19, I got a job working in retail. It was a perfect fit for me – I love sales, I love talking to people all day, and I love playing with pretty clothes. I moved up over the years, moving on to manage several smaller boutiques and retail shops in the mall. One thing that I loved was working as a personal shopper – helping women put together new outfits, or even full wardrobes. {Yes, hard to believe it, when you see me today in my hoodie and leggings, working from home, lol.} A tip that I shared often is to invest in a few key classic pieces each season, the type of items that never really go out of style. One of those great basics is a blazer – whether it’s for work, a girls night out, or just a casual lunch date, a blazer totally boosts your style, and will get worn season after season, year after year. Keep reading to see three cool ways to wear it – and learn where I found a new fave this fall…

How to wear a blazer - fall fashion - teal and silver
All pieces in this outfit are from the Merona collection at Target – Love it, right? I’m excited to find the plaid Blazer – the colors are subdued, so it’s not too wild. But it really brings a little bit of a funky twist to your more basic wardrobe pieces. And I love these blues, greens, and greys going into the holiday season. {Want the link to find a specific item? Just click each of the pics to check them out on Polyvore, where you’ll be able to go directly to the item you want on Target.com, easy peasy.}

How to wear a blazer - funky fall work look

This look makes me wish I had a “real” office to go to each day… Somewhere to get a little more dressed up. The color of this dress is perfect – take off the blazer, and you’re ready for holiday parties. And speaking of the blazer – how fun is the extra trim detailing on this one? Makes it a little big more polished and dressy. Add some cool Merona patterned tights and “shooties” – and you’ve got a look perfect for any event. I can totally see me wearing this at one of our local business meetings – it’s professional, but still fun and a little bit funky with the animal print accessories.

How to wear a blazer - taking summer clothes into fall

Do you have some summer favorites that you’re just not ready to pack away yet? A blazer works as a perfect partner to bring things like strapless dresses and strappy tanks into the cooler fall weather. Add some fun colored tights paired with tall boots, and you’ll stay warm all the way through winter. This is a great way to extend your wardrobe through the changes in seasons each year. And again – all of these pieces, even the accessories, are available at Target stores across the country, or at Target.com. Which means not only are the fashions adorable, but they’re also totally affordable too.

Merona Fall Fashions at Target

See how the Target Fall Collection is designed to take you through a season of stylish looks at Target.com/Merona.

What is YOUR favorite way to wear a blazer?

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.}

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How to Style Fall’s New Pencil Skirts

“What a strange power there is in clothing.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer… You know how much I adore new fall fashions, right? It’s my favorite time of year to shop – I love the feeling of cozy sweaters and thick socks, soft new scarves and comfy tall boots. And I definitely love the new colors that fall brings – This year my favorite are pieces inspired by the colors of nature – yellow, pumpkin, and a deep plum – perfect additions to liven up your more basic work pieces, and bring a smile to your face on even the dreariest of days. Let’s start with a total must-have style for work and play this fall – The Merona Pencil Skirt, from Target.

The Merona Pencil Skirt at Target

The Merona Pencil Skirt

Universally flattering with a cut that’s long and lean – a pencil skirt is always a great pick for a work wardrobe. This great skirt from Target is just as adorable as it is affordable – at only $20, you can afford to stock up! Pick a bright pencil skirt and find just the right amount of bold by layering those solids with a fun patterned cardigan. Or create contrast with color by mixing a pencil skirt with a striped pullover sweater. And, a pencil skirt isn’t just for work days – this one has enough stretch to keep it comfy, and looks great layered with tall boots and a fun top. So versatile, you’ll wonder how you lived without it!

Fall Fashion - how to style a pencil skirt

How to style the Pencil Skirt

Here are my picks for how to style the Merona Pencil Skirt – I’m always more comfortable in skirts than I am in pants, so going into fall and winter, that means that I wear lots of tights and boots to stay warm as the weather cools down. And I love, love, LOVE the new Merona tights from Target – thick and luxurious, and they can really complete an outfit by bringing in that unexpected pop of color. Add another complimentary accessory like a scarf or bright jewelry, and you’ve taken your basic work look from boring to BOLD! And – all of these pieces are available at Target, making them easy to shop for, and totally affordable. How much better can you get, right? And stay tuned – I’m going to be doing a shopping trip to our own local target too – to show you some totally easy ways to keep your fall style right on trend, and within your budget.

Merona Fall Fashions at Target

See how the Target Fall Collection is designed to take you through a season of stylish looks at Target.com/Merona.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.}

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